A selection of books receiving Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants.
A selection of books receiving Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants.

Terra Foundation and Yale University Press Announce New Book Translation Prize

February 4th, 2015

Chicago, IL —The Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded Yale University Press an $80,000 grant to establish a new book prize. The American Art in Translation Book Prize will be awarded to a non-US author whose work contributes significantly to scholarship on historical American art (c. 1500–1980). The grant provides the winner a $5,000 cash prize; the Terra Foundation will fund production of the book, which will be published in English by Yale University Press.

“Yale University Press is honored to collaborate with the Terra Foundation for American Art to establish this new translation prize. We believe strongly in the need to work toward globalization of the study of American art,” says Patricia Fidler, Publisher, Art and Architecture. “Our efforts, undertaken with the support of the Terra Foundation, will introduce new voices to the field, and will strengthen and invigorate the international network of scholars of American art.”

Single-author, book-length academic manuscripts originally written in a language other than English—previously unpublished or published within the previous five calendar years—in the field of American art history are eligible. Topics of interest include the following aspects of the visual arts of the United States: painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography and the moving image, decorative arts, craft, and folk art. Books focusing on methodology, criticism, patronage, iconography, and social history may also be nominated. Yale University Press and the Terra Foundation strongly encourage proposals for books examining American art in an international context.

“We’ve been listening to scholars across the globe for many years, and we’ve discovered that there is a demand for foreign scholarship on American art translated into English,” states Terra Foundation President & CEO Elizabeth Glassman. “By partnering with one of the leading academic presses in the field of art history, we are actively answering the call and providing the high-quality resources that contribute to a rich cross-cultural dialogue about the historical art of the United States.”

More information about eligibility and how to apply can be found on the Yale University Press website: www.yalebooks.com/terratranslationprize.

Terra Foundation for American Art

Established in 1978, the Terra Foundation for American Art is dedicated to fostering the exploration, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts of the United States. With financial resources of more than $350 million, an exceptional collection of American art from the colonial era to 1945, and an expansive grant program, it is one of the leading foundations focused on American art, supporting exhibitions, academic programs, and research worldwide.

Yale University Press

Founded in 1908, Yale University Press is one of the oldest and largest American university presses. By publishing serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs, Yale University Press aids in the discovery and dissemination of light and truth, lux et veritas, which is a central purpose of Yale University. The publications of the Press are books and other materials that further scholarly investigation, advance interdisciplinary inquiry, stimulate public debate, educate both within and outside the classroom, and enhance cultural life. For more information visit http://www.yalebooks.com.